Thousands of restaurants are honoring veterans and active-duty military personnel today.
They’re doing this by offering freebies and special discounts to share their appreciation for those who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice their lives for our country.
I have included a few select restaurants here.
Proof of service such as a military ID is typically required and a few businesses will allow dressing in uniform as a form of identification.
The majority of discounts are valid only on Veterans Day, unless otherwise noted and available at participating locations. Some exclusions apply.
Aspen Creek Grill: Free lunch from special menu from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Boston Market: Buy one individual meal, get a second free Friday through Sunday at participating locations. A military ID isn’t required but to get this deal, you’ll need a coupon from www.bostonmarket.com.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant: Free meal Friday and Saturday from a select menu.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House: Free meal from select menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at participating locations.
Spaghetti Warehouse: Buy any Original Recipe Spaghetti entrée, lasagne, grilled chicken alfredo, get one free Friday through Sunday with a coupon available at www.meatballs.com/veterans. No military ID required.
Veterans Day free meals, treats
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza: Free small order of meatballs with ricotta cheese.
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar: Choice of pretzel including soft, crab or buffalo pretzel. This dine-in only offer is valid all-day Saturday at all locations, except for the Attleboro, Mass., location and at the Patchogue, N.Y., location, the special ends 4 p.m.
Back Yard Burgers: Free Classic Burgers on Saturday for veterans and active duty personnel in uniform or with a valid ID. The chain also offers a 20% discount to service men and women year-round.
Bakers Square: Free breakfast Saturday with choice of buttermilk pancakes, three slices of French toast or a Belgian waffle.
Billy Sims BBQ: Free meal with special collectors cup.
Bonanza Steakhouse: Free buffet.
Bonefish Grill: Free Bang Bang Shrimp appetizer.
Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar: Through Sunday, guests can buy veterans and military personnel a pre-paid pint. Veterans and active military can go to their local Boston’s to redeem one of the paper pints through Sunday while supplies last.
Brann’s Steakhouse and Grille: Free 6-ounce sirloin steak with two sides.
Bruegger’s Bagels: Free small drip coffee.
Bubbakoo’s Burritos: Free meal.
Buffalo Wild Wings: Free small order of traditional or boneless wings with a side of fries.
Burntwood Tavern: Free lunch or dinner Saturday.
Calhoun's: Free meal.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Free appetizer.
Carlo’s Bakery: Free cannoli.
Cattlemens Steakhouse: Free 8-ounce sirloin steak dinner.
Chili's: Free meal from a special menu.
Chuck E. Cheese: Free personal one-topping pizza to veterans, active duty personnel and eligible dependents with military ID, proof of service and promo code 5500. The chain also has daily military discounts.
Cicis Pizza: Free adult buffet Saturday.
Circle K: Free Polar Pop with the Veterans Day deal on the convenience store chain’s mobile app and with military ID.
City BBQ: Free sandwich with two sides and a regular drink.
Country Pride: Free meal from a select menu.
Cracker Barrel: Free slice of Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: Veterans get a free sandwich, savory side and a Big Yellow Cup from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Dunkin' Donuts: Free doughnut of choice, while supplies last.
East Coast Wings + Grill: Free meal from a select menu and fountain drink or tea.
El Fenix: Vets get a free meal from a special menu Saturday.
Famous Dave's: Free two meat combo.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers: Free combo meal cards will be given out to veterans and active duty military Saturday.
Friendly's: Free meal from a special menu at participating locations.
Glory Days Grill: Free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings.
Green Mill: Free menu item for lunch or dinner
Hooters: Free meal from special menu.
Houlihan’s: Free meal from select menu. Offer varies by location.
Huddle House: Free order of Sweet Cakes, platter-size pancakes available in eight different flavor and topping combinations at all locations nationwide.
Hurricane Grill & Wings: Free entrée and non-alcoholic drink from special menu.
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant: Free burger Friday and Saturday. Dine-in only at all locations.
Iron Skillet: Free meal from a select menu.
JJ’s Red Hots: Free meal including unlimited hot dogs, sausages, sides and non-alcoholic drinks all-day Saturday.
Krispy Kreme:One free doughnut and a small cup of coffee at participating locations. No ID is required.
Krystal: Free sausage biscuit from 6 to 11 a.m., while supplies last.
LaMar’s Donuts: Free doughnut and 12-ounce coffee.
Little Caesars: Free Hot-N-Ready lunch combo from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Logan's Roadhouse: Free meal from special menu between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
LongHorn Steakhouse: Free appetizer or dessert. Plus guests dining with veterans will receive 10% off their meals.
Macaroni Grill: Free Mom's Ricotta Meatballs and Spaghetti.
Main Event: Free meal and $10 FUNcard. Locations open until 5 p.m. Saturday.
Max & Erma’s: Free meal includes a cheeseburger, endless seasoned fries and a fountain drink.
Menchie’s: Free 6-ounce frozen yogurt.
Mimi’s Café: Free meal from special menu.
Muscle Maker Grill: Free meal at participating locations.
Native Grill & Wings: Free meal or menu item up to $11.99.
O’Charley’s: Free meal from the “$9.99er Menu.” Plus get a $5 off $20 voucher for your next visit. Offers may vary by location. O’Charley’s offers a 10% military discount year-round.
Olive Garden: Free meal from a select menu.
On the Border: Free combo meal.
Orange Leaf Yogurt: Free frozen yogurt up to 11 ounces.
Outback Steakhouse: Free Bloomin' Onion and non-alcoholic beverage.
Panera Bread: Free breakfast sandwiches until 10 a.m. Saturday at participating locations. After 10 a.m., military members get a coupon for a free pastry to use on a future visit.
Perkins: Free Magnificent Seven meal.
Pie Five Pizza: Free customized pizza.
Quaker Steak & Lube: Offers vary by location, and include free meals from select menus or up to a specified amount, or discounted meals.
Recovery Sports Grill:Free meal.
Red Lobster: Free appetizer or dessert.
Red Robin: Free Red's Tavern Double Burger with bottomless fries.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Free meal Saturday.
Ruby's Diner: Free meal from a select menu.
Ruby Tuesday: Free appetizer up to $10.
Rush Bowls: Free bowl or smoothie.
Scooter’s Coffee: Free cup of coffee at all locations.
Shoney's: Free breakfast bar from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sizzler: Free lunch from a special menu until 4 p.m.
Snuffer's: Free burger and order of small fries or onion rings.
Sonny's BBQ: Offers vary by location. At some locations, veterans eat for half off and other locations will offer a free Big Deal Combo.
Starbucks: Free tall coffee for any veteran, active duty military and military spouse Saturday. Unrelated to the Veterans Day deal, Starbucks has a buy one holiday drink, get one free deal 2 to 5 p.m.Thursday through Monday.
Teriyaki Madness: Free bowl of choice to active and non-active military personnel and first responders at the 14 locations in the Las Vegas area.
Texas Roadhouse: Free meal from a special menu and choice of non-alcoholic drink.
TGI Friday's: Free lunch menu item up to $12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Plus get a coupon for $5 off next meal.
The Greene Turtle: Free meal up to $12 or $12 off a more expensive item.
The Gyro Shack: Free Original Gyro.
Tijuana Flats: Free meal.
TooJay’s: Free meal from a special menu.
Village Inn: Free "INN-Credible V.I.B." breakfast.
Vitality Bowls: Free smoothies to veterans at all corporate and participating franchise locations.
Wawa: Free coffee, any size, all day Saturday for veterans, active military and family members.
White Castle: Free breakfast combo.
Wild Wing Café: Free salad, wrap, burger or chicken sandwich.
Wienerschnitzel: Free chili dog meal.
World of Beer: Free select draft beer or $5 off any food item. Offer varies by location due to state legalities.
Zoës Kitchen: Free meal.